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January 29, 2014

Four more candidates qualify for local races in 2014 election

ATHENS — With only eight day remaining for major party candidates to qualify to run in the June 3 primary election, four more candidates filed their qualification paperwork with the Limestone County Probate Judge’s Office in Athens.

Among them, Republican Tom Combs, who is now the third candidate running for the District 1 seat on the Limestone County Commission. Gary Daly, who currently holds the seat, will not seek re-election.

The three other qualifiers, all Democrats, had already announced their plans to run and had already qualified with their party last week. They include Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely, Limestone County Coroner Mike West and James “Curtis” Turner, who is seeking the District 3 seat on the Limestone County Commission. Bill Latimer, who also will not seek re-election, currently holds that seat.

All major party candidates must qualify by 5 p.m. Feb. 7 to run in the June 3 primary election.  This deadline does not apply to independent candidates.

Republican and Democratic candidates will run on separate ballots June 3. A primary runoff election, if needed, will be July 15. The winners will then face off in the Nov. 4 general election.

There are already 14 Limestone County residents running for seven county offices and one Alabama House seat. The candidates thus far are:

Limestone sheriff

• Mike Blakely, incumbent, Democrat

• Eric Smith, Republican

Limestone coroner

• Mike West, incumbent, Democrat

Limestone commission chairman

• Stanley Menefee, incumbent, Republican

• Mark Yarbrough, Republican

Limestone commission District 1

• Tom Combs, Republican

• Daryl Sammet, Republican

• James Shannon, Republican

Limestone commission District 3

• Jason Black, Republican

• Hollis Hogan, Republican

• James “Curtis” Turner, Democrat

Limestone school board District 4

• Edward Winter, Republican

Limestone school board District 5

• Bradley Young, Republican

Alabama House District 5

• Henry White, Democrat


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